October 15, 2010
New Albums: Darius Rucker and The Band Perry
Darius Rucker – Charleston, SC 1966
Does the name Darius Rucker sound familiar to you? Maybe it should. He is the former lead singer of the band Hootie and the Blowfish (for all intents and purposes, he has been referred to as “Hootie”…but hates it). However, in 2008 Rucker signed with Capitol records as a country music artist, so that’s what he has been doing.
His latest album, Charleston, SC 1966 is southern and very country-sounding. You wouldn’t think that, without a distinct southern twang in his voice, Rucker would be able to pull this off. I think he does, though. His voice is so unique and recognizable that I think he passes off as a country artist. If for no other reason, it may very well be that he rides on his fame as a rock star.
I think he knows it, too. If you listen to songs off of this new album, such as “This,” for example, you’ll hear a little bit of Hootie and the Blowfish in there. Don’t get me wrong, he has the ability to stand out as purely a country artist, but I think he’d be a fool not to use his previous fame to gain a few more fans.
The Band Perry – The Band Perry
The Band Perry consists of three siblings: a sister, Kimberly, who is the lead singer, Reid, and Neil. (I know what you’re thinking, Dexter fans. I thought the same thing.)
The band of siblings was discovered and signed in August of last year by Republic Nashville. They immediately released two singles, “Hip to My Heart” and “If I Die Young,” which are both featured on their debut album, The Band Perry. Seems like a long wait between single and album, right? But that’s okay; their careers are just taking off.
The album contains eleven country tracks. I think this band’s sound is a cross between Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat, if you ask me. Listen to a few songs and you’ll see what I mean. Check it out!
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